No one expected the Magic to win its first 10 games. The loss of star forward Rashard Lewis for those games to suspension for using an illegal substance in his energy drink smoothies was sure to cost the Magic at least a few victories.
Until replacement starter Ryan Anderson went down, the Magic were rolling along, but without his three-point shooting stretching the floor much the same way Lewis does, Orlando struggled in losses to the Thunder and Cavs in horrible blowout fashion.
It became clear that the Magic need a court-stretching 'four' man and that Brandon Bass will not be their best option at the power forward position, as many postulated he might.
Save the substitution of Hedo Turkoglu and Vince Carter, the Magic will put the same lineup on the court that they did during last year's Finals. Thus, with their true starting lineup intact, tonight marks the real beginning of the season for the Magic.
The Magic will face the struggling Bobcats at the Amway Center, and the Bobcats have yet to win a road game this year (0-4). It figures to be a blowout in the Magic's favor, especially since the Bobcats will be playing without starting shooting guard Raja Bell, who was just traded to the Warriors for Stephen Jackson today.
So tonight the "real" Magic should make magic by no less than 20 points during its season-opener, 10 games in.